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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 26, 2009 / 9 Tishrei 5770

Paterson under the bus

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What do New York Gov. David Paterson and former Illinois State Assemblywoman Alice Palmer have in common? Aside from both being Democrats and African-American, both hold the distinction of being elbowed out of running for office by one Barack Obama.

What do President Obama and David Paterson have in common? Both were forcefully urged to drop their bid for office to make way for another candidate.
Interestingly and hypocritically, Obama has been on both sides of this particular sword. Obama refused to drop out of a State Assembly race and Paterson - at least so far - is balking at the president's insistence he drop his bid for election for governor of New York next year. Paterson was Gov. Eliot Spitzer's lieutenant governor and assumed the governor's position when Spitzer resigned in a prostitution scandal.

An ambitious young man desperate to make his mark in the big leagues, Obama was similarly not so easily swayed back in 1996, when he found himself in a situation not so different from Paterson's. In fact, the mere suggestion he should step aside drove his personal ambition to succeed politically to a bloodthirsty level.

Alice Palmer, an Illinois 13th district state representative, threw her hat in the ring in the special election Democratic primary for the Illinois 2nd district congressional seat after the incumbent, Mel Reynolds (D), was convicted in a sex scandal. She generously urged a young community organizer named Barack Obama to run for the safe seat she was vacating. But when Palmer (badly) lost the congressional primary, she chose to retain her Assembly seat and requested that Obama step aside. He refused, and without a trace of irony said Palmer's move was "indicative of a political culture where self-preservation comes in rather than service." Obama was in it to win it - party and personal loyalty be damned.

Party elders urged Obama to clear the way for Palmer to run for reelection, but he was unrelenting. He was running. Sword drawn, rather than allow Democratic primary voters to have a choice, Obama instead set out to destroy his benefactor, Alice Palmer, and knock her and two others off the ballot altogether. He knew he couldn't win in a fair election.

By challenging his opponents' petition signatures in court, the student of Saul Alinsky employed his slipperiest war-room strategies and ultimately succeeded in making sure Palmer et al could not run, and that his name, and his name alone, would appear on the ballot. Obama's petty tactics included having petitioners' signatures rendered invalid because they were printed, rather than in cursive writing, or because a recently married woman signed her maiden name. This was how the future president played hardball politics, denying voters a choice in a primary. (Even Iran's Ahmadinejad allows other names on the ballot with his own.)

In the case of the New York Democratic gubernatorial primary, Obama is yet again intent on manipulating and restricting voters' options. He is confident New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will win the 2010 primary. Recent polls support that notion. So why get involved? Why publicly humiliate Paterson and insert himself into a primary?

Presidents traditionally stay out of primary fights in open seats and challenger races, and almost always support their party's incumbent, even if from a chilly distance. Exceptions might include the incumbent's involvement and/or guilt in a scandal or illegality, and even that isn't always enough to lose the support of a president and other party leaders.

Why is this president so uncomfortably comfortable throwing Paterson under that ever-so-familiar bus? And isn't it getting awfully crowded under there?

Revenge. Plain and simple. David Paterson supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, rather than fellow African-American Barack Obama, which did not endear him to Obama. This, however, begs the question, Why is Bill Clinton also down on Paterson? The answer lies in levels of degree of support, and the verbal tap-dance so many politicians perform in order to have it both ways. While Paterson "officially" supported Hillary, he made it abundantly clear it was with great reluctance. Such waffling hurt him with the Clintons, as well.

Gov. Paterson now finds himself without a lifeboat as the sharks begin to circle around him, defenseless against the likely ensuing carnage - Obama-style.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:

09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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